No, Your Wine Is Not Packed with Sugar

A U.K. anti-alcohol group cries out that wine is full of sugar and calories, but their findings are full of something else

No, Your Wine Is Not Packed with Sugar
News editor Mitch Frank takes a closer look at a study's numbers. (Deepix Studio)
From the Jun 30, 2022, issue

When people started sending Wine Spectator news editor Mitch Frank the headlines, he was intrigued. “Two glasses of wine could exceed a whole day’s sugar intake.” “Two glasses of wine have more calories than a burger.” One compared wine to doughnuts. Local TV stations were reporting on a new study out of the U.K. that had found wine was packed with sugar. But which wines did the study use, and are these claims true about all wines, if any? Read on for the truth behind the study.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

You Might Also Like

Mount Pisgah, Polk County, Is Oregon’s Newest Wine Appellation

Mount Pisgah, Polk County, Is Oregon’s Newest Wine Appellation

Plus, Bordeaux vintner nabbed in counterfeit wine raid

Oct 15, 2022
Bordeaux’s La Place Goes Global

Bordeaux’s La Place Goes Global

La Place de Bordeaux, a traditional network of négociants, has become a major player in …

Oct 15, 2022
A Shipwreck Full of Lost Wine

A Shipwreck Full of Lost Wine

Plus, a documentary explores Thomas Jefferson’s love affair with wine

Oct 15, 2022
Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Returns

Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour Returns

The event made a triumphant return in 2022, with stops in Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and …

Sep 30, 2022
Moët Hennessy Buys Napa’s Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Moët Hennessy Buys Napa’s Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Plus, Chateau Ste. Michelle puts its 118-acre Woodinville property, including the famed …

Sep 30, 2022
Mitch Frank Named Senior Editor

Mitch Frank Named Senior Editor

Plus, EPI group buys Chianti Classico's Isole & Olena and remembering California …

Sep 30, 2022